The Savagery of Schizophrenia (20 October 2012 – The Times) by Caitlin Moran

Powerful and utterly coherent, another re-blog, this time from an original piece by Caitlin Moran, author, broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times.

The savagery of schizophrenia: ‘I have two people in my life with schizophrenia – one paranoid, one undiagnosed’
Caitlin Moran, 21 October 2012:
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The DNA Spiral by Charles Jencks

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Creativity and Mental Health: New Research

The latest research relating to connections between mental health and creativity has just been referenced on the BBC News site. We’d thought we’d republish a link here.

After a quick straw poll around the office and friends we’re all agreed that everyone has some creativity in them and as mentioned in our About section, we all tread a fine line between wellness and dis-ease, whether we consider ourselves creative or not.

Here’s a link to the BBC news story: Creativity ‘closely entwined with mental illness’ by Michelle Roberts

What do you think?

Since writing this piece we came across the following blog post by Howard Robinson on ‘The Unofficial Blog for Brit Writers and Writers Everywhere!’  It refers to the same research as the BBC and adds some interesting comment to the whole question, from a writer’s perspective. With thanks to Brit Writers and Howard Robinson.

Here’s the link: http:  You don’t have to be mad to be a writer, but maybe it helps!  by Howard Robinson

Tame the Black Dog – WHO Film for World Mental Health Day 2012

It’s World Mental Health Day today and the focus this year is on depression.

The World Health Organization have produced an animated video about the condition, written, illustrated and narrated by Matthew Johnstone.

This compact yet comprehensive little film features a black dog, an age old metaphor for depression. According to the WHO, more than 350 million people worldwide are affected, of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.

WHO Film link:

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Creative Commons Photo: Lecates 2007, Newtown, Alpharetta, GA, US